General Surgery Subinternship (available to WSU students only)

Instructors: Staff

Duration: 4 weeks

Period offered: All

Distribution of student's time:
50% inpatient
45% outpatient
5% conferences/lectures

Average number of patients seen each week: 3 -5

On-call responsibility: Every 4 days

Enrollment/Period: 2 maximum, upon availability

Prerequisite: Must be fourth year medical student.

Clerkship Objectives:

  • Teach students basic surgical principles and the pathophysiology, diagnosis, management of a variety of surgical conditions.
  • Increase student involvement in conferences, educational rounds.
  • Increase student use/review of the medical literature.
  • Appreciate surgical work style.


  • Quality of care given
  • Interest, commitment, and stamina
  • Participation and performance in conferences
  • Level of knowledge
  • Level of skills and H&P's notes
  • Enthusiasm, willingness, ability to function as part of resident team

Methods to be used in student evaluation:

  • Observation of performance by faculty and house officers
  • Assessment of write-ups/reports
  • Other structured skills testing
  • Preparatory for Operating Room Division

The clerkship offers 4th-year students the opportunity to participate in evaluation and management of patients with benign and malignant breast disease, hernias, surgical diseases, melanoma and sarcoma problems, laparoscopic cholecystectomies and other laparoscopic surgical procedures and the entire range of abdominal and gastrointestinal surgery. Senior residents and surgeons participate in all educational activities and are on-call approximately every fourth night. This program pairs selected students with senior staff surgeon preceptors to provide a high quality clinical and research experience.

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